UK to The Philippines power adapters - do I need a power adapter for a Filipino power outlet?

Filipino power outlet

What adapter do I need for The Philippines?

Bring a Type C plug adapter to The Philippines if your plug won't fit into a Filipino power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting The Philippines all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Filipino power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device uses then please read the section on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • Expect frequent power outages and limited access to electricity in certain areas of The Philippines, we suggest packing a portable charger if you need to keep your phone battery charged whilst staying in an area without power or during a blackout.
  • If you're from America travelling to The Philippines then we recommend bringing a plug adapter for The Philippines because a US Type A or B power outlet might not commonly be found. Because the voltage is different in The Philippines use a power converter for The Philippines if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Filipino power outlet then it will work in The Philippines.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Filipino power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The Philippines such a Type C plug adapter. Please Note that a plug adapter for The Philippines (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The Philippines, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for The Philippines to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for The Philippines if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type C plug adapter.
  • If you want to power one or more USB devices such as cellphones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type C plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for The Philippines[3]

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run the potential risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in The Philippines please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

The Philippines power adapters

Power adapters for The Philippines

When organizing a trip it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your gadgets that you are bringing along. But by not knowing which wall socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, meaning having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Varying different standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in The Philippines. This page contains links to instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're travelling to The Philippines by using their standard Type C, A or B 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please note Type C plug outlets are typically used by most Filipinos. Most power adapters will change regionally therefore we recommend that you read our WikiConnections travel power adapters page where you'll find a full list of charging devices in different countries.

What is the best power adapter for The Philippines?

The best power adapter for The Philippines will be a Type C power adapter which will allow you to use any 220 volt device or appliance. [3]

What is the best power adapter for The Philippines?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters which allow a Filipino power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor[5]

What does a power adapter for a Filipino power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors from another country to use their electronic and electrical appliances in The Philippines simply by altering the shape of the power plug to fit the power socket.

Do I need a power adapter for The Philippines?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are using.

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Does a power adapter change the voltage in The Philippines?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Filipino power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for The Philippines.

Where to buy a power adapter in The Philippines

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in The Philippines

On arrival power adapters could be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

Where to buy a power adapter for The Philippines in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for The Philippines in the UK

The Philippines to UK power adapters will most likely be available to buy in the UK from airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Luton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists such as WH Smith, Dixons or Boots but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. UK high street electrical shops, newsagents and chemists such as Currys PC World, WH Smith or Boots normally typically only sell popular types of travel adapters covering a limited number of countries however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online. In January 2019 we checked 2 high street branches of WH Smiths without seeing any power adapters available to purchase and 1 branch of Boots only had a pack of European adapters available.

Electrical adapters for The Philippines

Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type C plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Simple to use.
  • Lightweight and compact.
  • Cheapest option, with prices £10-£15.
  • Using a Type C plug adapter will work in The Philippines.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Your hotel room in The Philippines might only have a single wall outlet available, therefore you'll only be capable of charging one device at once.
  • If you intend to visit more than just one country you might need to pack more than one type of plug adapter.
  • Only alters the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type C Filipino power outlet and not the actual voltage used in The Philippines. If your appliance doesn't support a 220 volt power outlet and isn't dual voltage you will still need to pack a voltage converter.
  • If you wish to power a USB device then you also still need to bring a USB charger.
  • A single adapter for each appliance - for every individual device you want to use you will also need to pack a separate plug adapter. [3]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

An all in one universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Relatively straightforward operation.
  • All in one design - small and lightweight, under £20.
  • There are some universal travel adapters that have a surge protector which will prevent any electronics from being overpowered by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • The pins retract so don't catch against other items in baggage.
  • When you return home the power strip should still be functional as a USB charger.
  • There are some models that have multiple USB charging ports.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Because universal travel adapters only work with fit A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets they won't work in The Philippines. You will need to pack a separate power adapter for The Philippines if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple items from one outlet.
  • Universal power adapters can't be used with a high power electrical appliance; for example clothes irons, vacuum cleaners, kettles or hair dryers.
  • They lack a built in power converter meaning they're not suitable for non-220 volt electrical devices in The Philippines.
  • Not completely universal; adapters might not work in some countries with less popular outlets.
  • The shutters and internal moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel adapters which could make them likely to break whilst abroad.
  • Can only provide power to a single plug. [6]
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip including adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • You'll find some models will convert voltage for low wattage electronics (for example laptops or cameras). So even if your device isn't dual voltage it can still function in The Philippines when using only a travel power strip, making them a cheaper lightweight alternative to a dedicated voltage converter.
  • A travel power strip is able to power more than one electronic appliance or device at once using just one power outlet, costing under £40.
  • Normal models should feature a number of USB ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power outlets in certain countries might fluctuate, a sudden surge in power will damage your electronics. Some power strips also include a surge protector, this will protect your electronics from being overpowered.
  • It should potentially be of use when you return to the UK as a USB charger and power strip.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Doesn't include a specific plug adapter for The Philippines so you should also use it with an additional power plug adapter for a Filipino power outlet.
  • Unlike normal voltage converters, the conversion on travel power strips won't work with high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons.
  • Because of the size of a travel power strip it might be unsuitable for hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be excessive if you only bring a small number of devices which need charging. [7]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel charger with swappable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect when you only need to power devices which use USB such as tablet computers, iPhones and Kindles.
  • Instead of bringing lots of domestic USB power chargers you only have to pack one unit which costs on average £10-£15.
  • Supplied with swappable heads which make them useful in a large number of countries. Interchangeable adapter heads are usually small and lightweight which makes them easy to store.
  • Has a surge protector.
  • When you return to the UK the charger will still work.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • The interchangeable heads don't include one which is compatible with a Filipino power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power plug adapter.
  • Restricted to USB outputs so you can't power any appliances, just USB devices. [8]
Plug Adapter Sets

A comprehensive plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly £25-£30 a set will typically work out cheaper than purchasing multiple individual plug adapters for multiple countries costing almost £10 each.
  • Ensures you are covered for all countries.
  • The most flexible option if you are travelling to different locations.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will be suitable with a Filipino power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve some planning; you'll have to decide which plug adapters to bring, or alternatively pack each plug adapter type along.
  • Means lots of individual items to bring along.
  • With just one functioning plug adapter working in The Philippines the remaining plug adapters will be redundant and using up space.
  • Not all power adapter types are typically included with the set (especially the less common adapters) - so ensure that your set has an adapter that is compatible in The Philippines.
  • Only alters the shape of the plug to allow it to fit in a Filipino power outlet but doesn't alter the voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter has surge protection

Voltage Converters

Those travelling from The United Kingdom will not need a voltage converter as the voltage in The Philippines is 220 volts.

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A power converter only converts the 220 volts from a Filipino power outlet and not the shape of the plug to slot in a Filipino power outlet, therefore you'll still be required to bring the right type of power adapter for The Philippines.
  • The normal size of most models makes them too heavy for packing in carry-on luggage.
  • Useless after your trip to The Philippines.
  • Often cheaper to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive voltage converter simply to use your existing single voltage appliance in an incompatible country.
  • Expensive - £80-£90.

Comparison of electrical adapters for The Philippines

Type C Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in The Philippines Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included C A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 135+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type C Filipino power outlet Yes Yes
Additional Type C plug adapter required to fit in a Filipino power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes
Useful when you return to the UK Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 220 volt AC appliance in The Philippines Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under £15 £15-£20 £10-£15 £35-£40 £25-£30 almost £110
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

The Philippines power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in The Philippines?

Type A, B and C power outlets

What plug sockets are used in The Philippines?

There are three types of power supply used in The Philippines, types C, A and B with the primary power supply being type C socket:

  • Plug Type A - You can identify this plug outlet by the two thin adjacent slots for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify the power outlet by the two slots where the live and neutral blades go with a single hole below for the earth pin.
  • Plug Type C - You can identify the power outlet by the two adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go. [3]

What frequency is used in a Filipino power outlet?

The frequency used in a Filipino power outlet is 60Hz. [11]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in The Philippines?

A step down power converter will allow you to use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in a Filipino power outlet.

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Are electrical outlets common in The Philippines?

Almost a quarter of the population has access to electricity in The Philippines.

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Are there many power outages in The Philippines?

Typically The Philippines suffers power failures around once a month.

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Should I use a power bank in The Philippines?

USB power bank for charging phones

Should I use a power bank in The Philippines?

Because the power grid isn't available to 100% of the population of The Philippines combined with the lack of a reliable power grid, travellers should bring alternate charging solutions if they need to continue charging devices such as mobile phones or cameras.

  • During a trip increased reliance on smart phones for storing itineraries, taking pictures, social network sharing, GPS and web browsing will syphon off power more excessively than normal. A flat smart phone battery can potentially leave you stranded without adequate power to make emergency calls or being able to use a GPS app to get directions to your hotel or accommodation. Bringing a 10,000mAh portable charger lowers that risk as it allows you to power up your mobile phone on the move, especially when visiting a country with a lack of access to electricity and power outages in some areas.
  • A 10,000mAh portable charger will supply enough energy to power around three full charges whilst a 20,000mAh power bank should keep an average mobile phone charged for around 7 days. The mAh rating (or milli ampere-hours) shows the capacity of the battery and gives an indication of how many cycles the portable charger can do.
  • If you need to charge your laptop in The Philippines and your laptop it supports USB-C charging then bring a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh. However be aware that some airlines won't allow you take power banks on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must not be left in checked-in luggage so always ahead with the airline.
  • Average consumer portable chargers aren't powerful enough for use with high powered items, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are available for travelling to areas with both power cuts and limited access to electricity like The Philippines.    [12] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Will a solar battery charger work in The Philippines?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Will a solar battery charger work in The Philippines?

The sunlight in The Philippines will be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank reliability, however it needs to be left in strong sunlight to provide enough energy for a single charge cycle. This may prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the much larger durable panels used on a solar backpack give the backpack the ability to generate more electricity within a shorter period of time and might still generate power when overcast, meaning they should perform well in The Philippines.
  • Phones that have been directly plugged into a USB charging port of a backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny periods in The Philippines, however could be inconvenient to have a phone continuously tethered to the bag during the day if it is to be used constantly. Therefore it is recommended to plug in a battery power bank into a solar backpack which can then be continuously powered up during sunlight, afterwards you can recharge your phone using the power bank at any time without daylight.
  • Even though the sunlight in The Philippines is strong, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and includes a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • The durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags have been built to survive scratching and bending, unlike regular firm solar panels. Solar bags are found in rucksack, backpack and laptop messenger styles making them perfect for work, domestic and travel use.  [4] [17] [18]

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

The Philippines chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for The Philippines?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just one device then the best travel charger for The Philippines is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different standards of plug sockets that Filipinos use (C, A and B) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

Having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers on your Filipino trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your devices at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis. [8]

What USB charger do I need for The Philippines?

Why use a travel USB charger for The Philippines?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions making them ideal when visiting different countries across Asia which will probably use different outlets to The Philippines.
  • A good power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in The Philippines.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 220 volt power outlets in The Philippines along with different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that hotel bedrooms or accommodation in The Philippines only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single power supply with all your devices rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often sparse and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in The Philippines might prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to use multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our guide on using travel appliances in The Philippines for useful advice on the best power adapter for a Filipino power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain cellphones and tablets could pull more than the usual 500 milliamps supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. More expensive USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets on an overnight basis using one power outlet. [8]

What is the best USB charger for The Philippines?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting The Philippines using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting The Philippines. [8]

Power converters for The Philippines

What is a power converter for The Philippines?

A power converter for The Philippines allows you to use a 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt Filipino power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for The Philippines?

A heavy and bulky power converter will convert a 220 volt Filipino power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in The Philippines. [19]

Do I need a power converter for The Philippines?

If visiting The Philippines from a different country please check the device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are visiting The Philippines from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device doesn't support 220 volts. See our list of world power outlets page to discover the voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a 220 volt appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Normally devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and used in a 220 volt power outlet run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse.
  • You don't need a power converter if you need to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally support dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • If powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter which allows the appliance to be used with a 220 volt Filipino power outlet.
  • Purchasing a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance should be more practical and cost effective than trying to carry a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our comprehensive guides on using clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and hairdryers with a Filipino power outlet which includes advice for affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20]

What kind of converter do I need for The Philippines?

In order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in The Philippines you need to use a step down power converter[10]

What voltage does The Philippines use?

The Philippines uses 220 volts in their standard power outlets. [2]

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https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Filipino power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for The Philippines before plugging that into a Filipino power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 220 volt Filipino power outlet. [10]
What is the difference between a power transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power transformer and a converter?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.
How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

The best method to tell if a device is dual voltage or single voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the existing charger or on the appliance itself, typically near to where the power cord goes. The location might depend on the make or model of your device but should also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Substantiations

See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters (October 2018).

What type of adapter do you need for The Philippines?

Which type of plug adapter do I need for The Philippines?

The type of power converter which is best to use in The Philippines will depend on various requirements, so before deciding which adapter to use we suggest using this checklist:

How many devices will you be taking to The Philippines?

Family may need to recharge devices too

How many devices will you be taking to The Philippines?

  • Add up how many items you intended on bringing with you to The Philippines (such as tablets, mobile phones, eReaders, hair dryers or curling irons).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more devices at a later date. Do you intend on buying a new mobile phone computer soon?
    • There is a growing number of smaller rechargeable devices such as electric shavers which use USB charging for their power charging source. The next time you have to replace a device it could need a USB adapter so please check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these also.
  • Are you bringing children along who might need to recharge their devices as well?
What types of electrical items do you want to use in The Philippines?

Will you need to power appliances

What types of electrical items do you want to use in The Philippines?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electrical items which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage appliances that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example curling irons and hair straighteners.
    • USB powered electrical devices that can be plugged into a USB port - for example phones.
  • Should you only intend to bring along just USB powered devices then you'll find that a travel USB wall charger is ideal because you'll only need to pack that single lightweight charger .
  • A travel power strip is made for providing power and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices of any voltage (such as a laptop), but won't work with high wattage appliances (such as hair irons) that require voltage conversion, potentially overloading the power strip.

Do your appliances and devices work with a 220 volt power outlet?

How many Filipino power outlets are available?

Are multiple outlets available

How many Filipino power outlets are available?

  • Hotels in The Philippines might only offer one power outlet. This will be an inconvenience when charging up the batteries of more than one device overnight because you will only be able to charge one device at a time.
  • To recharge multiple devices at the same time we suggest using a travel USB wall charger or a travel power strip which can power multiple USB ports or power outlets. [7]
Are you only charging USB devices in The Philippines?

Are you only charging USB devices

Are you only charging USB devices in The Philippines?

What is your budget?

  • A basic power adapter starts from around under £10 which powers one device from a Filipino power outlet (providing that works with 220 volts or is dual voltage), but investing in anywhere £15-£20 means you can charge multiple devices at once and be able to use them in multiple different countries.

Are you planning to visit anywhere else abroad in the future?

Do you intend on visiting countries other than The Philippines?

Are you flying long haul to travel to The Philippines?

Are you flying long haul

Are you flying long haul to travel to The Philippines?

  • If you are embarking on an extended trip to get to The Philippines it's worth considering an airport-suitable charger that works in different power outlet types, one that can be packed in hand luggage and can be used to power phones and tablets.
  • As not all flights actually have power outlets for customers please consider bringing a portable charger which will recharge on the go. After landing in The Philippines you might have to use a mobile phone for making a telephone call, messenging, using mapping to locate accomodation or recalling itineraries; therefore it is recommended that your phone will have ample battery power remaining. [4]

Will the area of The Philippines you are visiting have good access to electrical power?

  • The voltage in The Philippines will often fluctuate and this might cause damage to your devices, so look for an adapter which offers surge protection built in such as a travel power strip.
  • Because The Philippines suffers from power outages and having limited access to electricity you might find that whichever power charger you pack won't function anyway. Be prepared for a power cut and limited electricity by using a portable charger or a solar backpack.  [4] [4] [17]
Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Are you only using hand luggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Do you still need use your charger when returning to the UK?

What can I connect to a Filipino power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Filipino power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Filipino power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Filipino power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Filipino power outlet

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Filipino power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Filipino power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Filipino power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Filipino power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting The Philippines, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets[21]

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  1. Wikipedia - The Philippines Wikipedia page.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, estimated cost £10-£15.
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, costing £30-£35.
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  6. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, £15-£20.
  7. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, £35-£40.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs £10-£15.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, £25-£30.
  10. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet, £80-£90.
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, estimated cost £20-£25.
  13. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, estimated price £140-£150.
  14. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, under £25.
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, costing £35-£40.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, estimated price around £100.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, costs £110-£120.
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, estimated price £25-£30.
  19. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts, estimated cost £100-£110.
  20. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors, priced at £100-£110.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -